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rhymeorreason
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« on: March 25, 2013, 03:24:05 PM »
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Hello all,

I really love the work done by Frances Seward, I’ve not come across anything like her work before (see link below).

http://francesseward.com/#abstract-landscapes

I would love to be able to come up with my own, but am really struggling to replicate / come close to the technique

At first I thought they were panning beach shots saturated in Photoshop, but if you look more closely there not.
I then thought that perhaps they were still panning shots, but multiple exposures layered together – No joy there either.

I’ve searched and searched to find anything else like them, and I’m coming up short. Having studied guest blog appearances / mini interviews, she still quite tight lipped, and the only clues that she has given are the following:

1 – Uses DSLR
2 – Uses glass
3 – Like to use reclaimed material
4 – Likes to “create fine art photographs that have the feel of a modern abstract landscape photograph”

As I said, I first thought they were done outside, but I’m now more convinced that they are artificially fabricated (still using physical objects mind) in a studio, due to the intensity of the colours / lightsources used? But then, how would you create the wave ripples in the water (if it is water that is?)

Then, I had the wild notion that they have been done using a looking at a water surface through different coloured bottles (reclaimed material / use of glass??)  laid horizontally, with differing light sources behind, and using a macro lens slightly out of focus – still no joy (click my Flickr link for my way off efforts, both with the bottles and outside).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66605622@N05/sets/72157633086095295

Has any of you kind people come across anything like these before, and if so, do you know of the technique? I’ve been pulling my hair out for weeks trying to suss it out, and am currently still no nearer!

I have tried to email her for advice, but she hasn’t replied

Thanks in advance
Lee
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2013, 04:09:14 PM »
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I think you are right that she is probably photographing through old glass bottles of some sort. I suspect some, at least, are taken outdoors, but I may be way off.

Some of your own attempts seem to be pretty close, and at least interesting enough so that the project is well worth pursuing, even if your technique isn't identical to hers.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 04:23:39 PM »
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for taking the time out to reply & kind words.

Just had a quick look at your site - love the "Wall Stains" series
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2013, 08:39:28 PM »
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for taking the time out to reply & kind words.

Just had a quick look at your site - love the "Wall Stains" series
Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2013, 09:00:52 PM »
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Hello all,

I really love the work done by Frances Seward, I’ve not come across anything like her work before (see link below).

http://francesseward.com/#abstract-landscapes

I would love to be able to come up with my own, but am really struggling to replicate / come close to the technique

At first I thought they were panning beach shots saturated in Photoshop, but if you look more closely there not.
I then thought that perhaps they were still panning shots, but multiple exposures layered together – No joy there either.

I’ve searched and searched to find anything else like them, and I’m coming up short. Having studied guest blog appearances / mini interviews, she still quite tight lipped, and the only clues that she has given are the following:

1 – Uses DSLR
2 – Uses glass
3 – Like to use reclaimed material
4 – Likes to “create fine art photographs that have the feel of a modern abstract landscape photograph”

As I said, I first thought they were done outside, but I’m now more convinced that they are artificially fabricated (still using physical objects mind) in a studio, due to the intensity of the colours / lightsources used? But then, how would you create the wave ripples in the water (if it is water that is?)

Then, I had the wild notion that they have been done using a looking at a water surface through different coloured bottles (reclaimed material / use of glass??)  laid horizontally, with differing light sources behind, and using a macro lens slightly out of focus – still no joy (click my Flickr link for my way off efforts, both with the bottles and outside).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66605622@N05/sets/72157633086095295

Has any of you kind people come across anything like these before, and if so, do you know of the technique? I’ve been pulling my hair out for weeks trying to suss it out, and am currently still no nearer!

I have tried to email her for advice, but she hasn’t replied

Thanks in advance
Lee


some interesting images - looks like she may be doing multiple exposures - on given frame with different focal points and exposure levels on some of them... some look to be mirrored image layers blended in PS...  perhaps layering textures into main image...

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